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  • Ardentec responds to report on 2014 earnings

    Bits + chips - Stockwatch | 1h 28min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Microsoft Band to make headway in mobile device market

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 29min ago

  • Touch panel makers faced with increasing competition from panel makers, say Taiwan makers

    Displays | 1h 34min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Smart wearable device shipments in Japan in 2014 estimated at 2.75 million units

    Before Going to Press | 1h 47min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Acer, Dell to launch 15.6-inch Chromebooks

    Before Going to Press | 1h 48min ago

  • Compal Electronics plans to hike ODM prices by 5-15% to reflect wage hikes in China

    Before Going to Press | 1h 48min ago

  • Asustek expects to ship 8 million ZenFone smartphones in 2014

    Before Going to Press | 1h 51min ago

  • Chunghwa Telecom setting up data center

    Before Going to Press | 1h 52min ago

  • Ardentec responds to report on 2014 earnings

    Before Going to Press | 1h 52min ago

  • China PV power stations, systems found to have quality problems, says CGC

    Before Going to Press | 1h 53min ago

  • SPIL to meet 4Q14 guidance

    Before Going to Press | 1h 54min ago

  • Acer-established smart classrooms in western China launched

    Before Going to Press | 1h 56min ago

  • Zen Voce to list on Taiwan OTC

    Before Going to Press | 1h 57min ago

  • TSMC investment plan in central Taiwan being blocked

    Before Going to Press | 1h 58min ago

  • Innolux denies change in chairman again

    Before Going to Press | 1h 58min ago

  • NCC to probe legality of Asia Pacific Telecom's using TWM 4G network

    Before Going to Press | 1h 59min ago

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Digitimes Research: Sub-US$300 15.6-inch Chromebooks to fuel notebook competition in 1Q15

Dec 25, 15:59

In addition to Acer, which is set to launch a Broadwell-U-based 15.6-inch Chromebook in March 2015, Dell is planning to launch a 15.6-inch Chromebook with similar specifications in the first half of 2015 and both devices may be priced under US$300, according to Digitimes Research's latest findings...

Acer changes EMEA, Pan-America presidents

Stockwatch - Dec 25, 15:41

Acer has announced that its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, Africa) operations president Luca Rossi will resign and the position will be succeeded by Emmanuel Fromont, currently Pan-America Operations president.

Sony ready to launch large-size tablet in 1H15

Dec 25, 14:57

In addition to Samsung Electronics and Apple, Sony is also expected to launch a large-size tablet in the first half of 2015 and the device will enter mass production shortly, according to sources from the related supply chain.

Taiwan market: Asustek launches ZenWatch

Dec 25, 12:29

Asustek Computer has launched its Android Wear-based smartwatch, the ZenWatch in Taiwan, priced at NT$5,990 (US$188). Company CEO Jerry Shen pointed out that monthly production capacity for ZenWatch is about 50,000 units, but it is insuffcient to meet the demand.

Asustek ZenWatch smartwatch

PC vendors not expecting Windows 10 to trigger replacement demand

Dec 24, 15:41

Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 in the second half of 2015, but Taiwan-based PC vendors doubt whether it can stimulate PC replacement demand because consumers will be able to make free online update to the new operating system, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Connected devices expected to be focus at CES 2015

Dec 24, 11:34

The connected home is one of the hottest topics being discussed today, and with CES 2015 taking place next month in Las Vegas, new innovations are sure to be on display. Although the drive to create a smarter and more efficient home increases daily, driven by mobile devices interacting with numerous...

Tablets, ultrabooks become more affordable in emerging markets, says ABI Research

Dec 23, 16:10

The average selling price (ASP) of ultrabooks and tablets declined by 7.8% in 2014 as the market matured and commoditized, allowing these devices to become more affordable in all markets. According to ABI Research, the average weeks of household income needed to buy a tablet or ultrabook both declined...

China government tightens tax incentives, subsidies to enterprises

Dec 23, 12:21

China's State Council has recently ordered its local governments to fully re-inspect their existing subsidy and tax-cut programs for enterprises and they will also need to receive the State Council's agreement before offering any new incentives to enterprises. Such a move has raised concern among the...

Computex 2015 out of booths

Dec 22, 21:58

Although Computex 2015 will not begin until June 2015, booths for the show have already sold out as many emerging players in the cloud computing and Internet of thing (IoT) industries are looking to promote their innovations and products via the show, according to the show host Taipei Computer Association...

Computex 2015 to be hosted from June 2-6

Taiwan, China notebook vendors halt notebook sales in Russia, report says

Newswatch - Dec 22, 16:20

Asustek Computer, Acer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology and Lenovo have stopped selling their notebooks in Russia as they have been suffering losses due to a free fall of the country's currency, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Worldwide CE market forecast to grow 4.5% in 2014, says Futuresource

Dec 22, 15:35

It has been another difficult year for many CE vendors as convergence takes its toll on dedicated product segments and competition has squeezed profits in key areas like TV. However, worldwide CE sales are still forecast to rise by 4.5% in 2014 to reach US$707 billion (trade value), driven largely...

Apple supply chain preparing for new MacBook Air and Apple Watch

Dec 22, 15:32

Following a pilot production at the end of 2014, Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. And with the Apple Watch also beginning production at about the same time, Apple's supply chain players...

Worldwide integrated infrastructure and platform revenues increase 28.1% in 3Q14, says IDC

Dec 19, 15:45

The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenues by 28.1% on year to US$2.3 billion during the third quarter of 2014, according to the IDC. The market generated more than 898PB (petabytes) of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 46.6% compared...

Notebook orders from Russia decreasing, say Taiwan ODMs

Dec 19, 14:04

Notebook orders from channel retailers and regional brands in Russia have been decreasing due to impacts of the Russian rouble's drastic devaluation, according to Taiwan-based ODMs.

Sony announces development of OLED display module for eyewear

Dec 19, 11:17

Sony has announced the development of an attachable single-lens display module that can turn eyewear of varying designs into smart devices.

Thin clients emerge unscathed from the battle with PCs in EMEA, says IDC

Dec 18, 15:41

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin-client market posted single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2014, according to IDC. In 2014, during a transition period of IT upgrades, thin clients were competing directly and intensely with commercial PCs for markets share. Although thin clients...

Microsoft rumored to make head-worn gaming device in 2015

Dec 18, 14:55

Microsoft is rumored to be planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product at the E3 gaming show in June, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Acer CEO to be future chairman, says Shih

Dec 18, 14:50

Acer founder Stan Shih at a press event on December 17 said that Acer's CEO Jason Chen will become the next chairman of Acer after the current chairman completes his 3-year term. The company is also running a "Shadow Plan" to train management personnel.

Stan Shih, Acer founder

Asustek tops Taiwan-based global brands in 2014, says MOEA

Dec 18, 11:48

IT vendor Asustek Computer has been appraised as the most valuable Taiwan-based global brand in 2014 with brand value of US$1.723 billion, increasing by 0.70% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Foxconn IT shopping mall in Taipei to open in March 2015

Dec 17, 23:18

Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) new IT shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the air bridge between the building and Guang Hua Digital Plaza, an existing IT shopping mall in the city.

Gou Shou-cheng, manager of Foxconn IT shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan

Digitimes Research: Average digital camera price in 5 main markets in December rises to US$366

Dec 17, 16:09

The average retail price for consumer digital still cameras (DSCs) in the UK, Germany, US, Japan and China in December hit US$366, having risen for the third consecutive month.

Digitimes Research: Verizon to ship three million own-brand tablets in 2015

Dec 17, 15:47

Several mobile communication industry-related players have achieved strong tablet sales for 2014 and in addition to brand vendors such as Lenovo and Huawei, several telecom carriers are also achieving good results selling own-brand 4G tablets that bundle with their telecom services, according to Digitimes...

Taiwan market: PND market becoming more centralized on few brands

Dec 17, 15:14

The PND device market in Taiwan has become more centralized on four brands, Garmin, Papago, Mio and TomTom, as second-tier and white-box makers have switched to focus on wearable devices and driving recorders which now look to have more potential, according to industry sources.

SSD/HDD hybrid business-use notebooks expected to increase in 2015

Dec 16, 22:03

In view of continual drops in SSD prices, notebook vendors are more willing to adopt SSD/HDD hybrid storage devices for business-use models in 2015, with the proportion of hybrid business-use notebooks expected to increase from about 10% currently to 20%, according to Taiwan-based notebook supply chain...

Apple, Samsung pushing tablets for year-end holiday sales

Dec 16, 14:53

Apple and Samsung Electronics have been offering price cuts for their tablet products for the year-end holidays recently, looking to boost their sales performances for the fourth quarter. Apple will have a chance to sell around 20 million iPads in the fourth quarter, while Samsung's tablet sales may...

Android inspires another bright quarter for MEA tablet market, says IDC

Dec 15, 16:13

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach...

MEA PC market braves stormy conditions to record shipment growth, says IDC

Dec 15, 09:59

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market posted on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred in large part by two significant education deals in Pakistan and the revival of the market in Egypt. The latest figures from IDC showed that the market expanded 2.1% in terms of shipments during the...

Taiwan market: Artifacts introduces Romo

Dec 12, 15:22

High-end retail chain Artifacts has introduced Romo, a programmable robot toy that can be controlled via a connection with an iPhone, for sale in the Taiwan market at a retail price of nearly NT$5,000 (US$161) through its seven chain stores and online shopping platform, according to Artifacts Taiwan...

Romo, a programmable robot toy

Japan October digital camera shipments drop on year for 30th time straight, says CIPA

Dec 12, 14:10

Japan-based digital camera vendors shipped 4.546 million units in total in October 2014, decreasing 29.3% on year, and down for the 30th consecutive month. Shipment value was JPY100.82 billion (US$852 million), down 15.6% on year, according to Japan-based Camera & Imaging Products Association (C...

Taiwan notebook ODMs looking to expand medical electronics business

Dec 12, 12:03

In view of stagnant demand for notebooks, Taiwan-based notebook ODMs are turning to focus on strengthening their medical electronics business and are forming relationships with hospitals, clinics and medical service providers and looking for potential partners for joint ventures or mergers, according...

Taiwan ODMs pushing into medical electronics industry

MSI revenues up in November

Stockwatch - Dec 11, 15:48

Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.5 billion (US$240.47 million) for November 2014, representing a 1.14% increase on month and 7.03% increase on year.

Pegatron reports 30% on-year revenue growth for November

Stockwatch - Dec 11, 15:46

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$118.14 billion (NT$3.79 billion) for November 2014, representing a 1.57% drop on month and 30.64% increase on year.

Taiwan market: Samsung teams up with bike vendor to sell Gear S and Gear Circle

Dec 11, 15:17

Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Taiwan-based bicycle vendor Merida to sell its Gear S smartwatches and Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones in the Taiwan market.

AMD expanding into China Internet cafe market

Dec 11, 14:56

AMD hosted i-Cafe Conference in China on December 10, forming partnerships with hardware companies such as Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Sapphire, as well as China's Internet cafe players to expand into China's Internet cafe ma...

AMD i-Cafe Conference in Beijing, China

Intel, AMD pushing new tablet lineups despite weakening demand

Dec 11, 14:51

Although demand for tablets has weakened with shipments expected to see an around 10% growth in 2014 and a flat performance in 2015, Intel and AMD are still aggressively preparing their new tablet products for 2015, looking to take as much share as possible of a market estimated at about the 200 million...

Taiwan market: Driving recorder sales see polarized developments

Dec 11, 14:20

The driving recorder market in Taiwan has seen polarized developments, with white-box makers competing for the sub-NT$2,000 (US$64) segment, and first-tier vendors focusing on the NT$5,000 and above segment.

Synnex Technology sees decreased November revenues

Dec 11, 11:36

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26 billion (US$846 million) for November, decreasing 4.1% sequentially and 17.5% on year.

Acer sees slight on-month growth in November revenues

Dec 10, 21:41

Acer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$28.49 billion (US$912.92 million) for November, up 0.94% on month, but down 7.33% on year, and combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2014 of NT$300.86 billion, down 9.33% on year.

Smart connected devices continued to grow in Western Europe in 3Q14, says IDC

Dec 10, 21:35

The smart connected device market posted another quarter of growth in Western Europe, driven mainly by increased demand for personal computers. According to figures published by IDC, PC, tablet, and smartphone shipments totaled 60.1 million units, with volume 8.6% higher compared with the same quarter...

Wistron, Quanta, Inventec to enhance software R&D capability

Dec 10, 15:15

Notebook ODM Wistron will set up a software R&D center with 200 engineers initially in southern Taiwan, while fellow maker Quanta Computer will expand software R&D manpower to support production of data center servers to compete for orders for setting up private or private/public hybrid cloud...

Compal Electronics ships 4.1 million notebooks in November

Dec 9, 21:50

ODM Compal Electronics shipped 4.1 million notebooks in November, increasing on month by 13.9%, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Global AIO PC shipments in 2014 estimated to reach 13.3 million units

Dec 9, 21:38

There will be an estimated 13.3 million AIO (all-in-one) PCs shipped globally in 2014, decreasing on year by 8.8% and accounting for 9.4% of all desktops, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: Acer, Asustek see strong sales at IT Month

Dec 9, 15:54

PC sales in the Taiwan markert are expected to see sequential growth in the fourth quarter as both Acer and Asustek Computer achieved around 30% on-year growth from sales at the just concluded IT Month 2014 consumer trading show in Taipei.

The IT Month show in Taipei attracted 955,000 visitors

Asustek November revenues buoyed by smartphone demand

Dec 9, 15:38

Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$48.95 billion (US$1.57 billion) for November, up 5.1% on month, but down slightly by 0.72% on year, and combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2014 reached NT$435 billion, up 2.73% on year.

Short-term recovery fuels growth in India PC market, says IDC

Dec 9, 14:43

The overall India PC shipment for third-quarter 2014 stood at 2.67 million units with on-quarter growth of 5.8% over second-quarter 2014 and on-year drop of 16.9% over third-quarter 2013.

Taiwan market: Samsung launches MILC Smart Camera NX1

Dec 8, 21:32

Samsung Electronics on December 8 unveiled its Smart Camera NX1, a flagship MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera), for immediate launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$85,990 (US$2,774) for a camera body plus a 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens and a price of NT$48,990 for...

Samsung MILC, Smart Camera NX1

Digitimes Research: Lenovo mobile device shipments to lead Samsung by 9 million units in 2015

Dec 8, 16:16

Enjoying growths in both tablet and notebook shipments, Lenovo is estimated to beat Samsung Electronics in mobile computing device shipments (notebooks and tablets) by about one million units in 2014 and become the second-largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide, only behind Apple.

ECS revenues up on month in November

Stockwatch - Dec 8, 16:04

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.93 billion (US$158.06 million) for November 2014, representing a 57.52% increase on month and 15.43% drop on year.

Acer wins order for Iconia W511 by Tasmania Police

Dec 5, 14:16

Acer has announced its Iconia W511, a Windows 8 tablet, has been ordered by the Department of Police & Emergency Management, Tasmania State, Australia, for use by more than 1,000 police officers to replace 1,000 existing desktops.

Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments to see over 10% on-month growth in November

Dec 5, 14:14

Because of Hewlett-Packard's (HP) stable enterprise notebook orders and strong low-cost consumer notebook orders, both the global top-five brand vendors and top-three ODMs have seen their combined notebook shipments enjoy over 10% on-month growths in November, according to Digitimes Research.

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